Variety is pleased to announce the return of Tune In: The TV Summit 2018. With audiences so divided across content channels, the TV Summit will explore how to best engage today’s viewers to support the future growth of the TV industry. Networks, advertisers, showrunners, production companies, digital channels and services will explore what it means to develop, market, monetize and distribute successful programming for evolving audiences.
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8:00 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. Registration and Networking
8:50 a.m. to 9 a.m. Opening Remarks
9 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. The Battle for TV Programming
Programming chiefs face an abundance of opportunity and challenge with today’s audiences. They can fall madly in love with series and loyally follow their favorite characters across platforms. As TV has never been more popular, there are many new programming outlets driving for a piece of the audience pie. How is TV upping its competitive game? How are established players continuing to stand out among native digital newcomers? What are overall trends in programming that are creating fans out of today’s viewers? Programming chiefs converge to share their stories.
Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment
Sandra Stern, President, Lionsgate Television
Gary Levine, President, Programming, Showtime
9:40 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. Crown Media Spotlight
9:55 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. A Conversation with Hulu
10:25 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. Keynote Conversation
10:55 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. Networking Break
11:10 to 11:50 – Snackable TV – Delivering Addictive Video
Figuring out how to engaging today’s audiences is no easy feat. They can be as immersed in a social news feed full of quick clips as the latest hour-long episode of their favorite series. How are content creators and distributors and their partners conceiving and delivering video to today’s always-on audiences? How are distributors eyeing live streaming video as a viable new content category? How is the content community aligning with new platforms to reach new audience segments? Video and platform innovators converge to talk multiplatform snackable TV.
Jeff Hughes, President, Digital, Fox Networks Group
Kelly Day, President, Viacom Digital Studios
11:50 a.m. to 12:10 a.m Conde Nast Spotlight
12:10 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. Dollars and Sense – Targeted TV Advertising in Safe Environment
Today’s advertisers want it all – the analytics capabilities of digital platforms and the safe context that TV provides. To stay competitive, ad-supported networks are providing both opportunities: advanced audience analytics across their flagship network and online channels, multiplatform programmatic media buying operations and more. How are premium programming platforms attracting advertisers and staying ahead in the media landscape? Can TV capitalize on claims that many digital sites is too offensive for brand placement?
Mike Rosen, Executive Vice President, Advanced Advertising and Platform Sales, NBCUniversal Media
Tiffany Kirk, Managing Director, Investment, Horizon Media
Mark Egan, Managing Diretor, West Coast, Mediacom
Claudia Cahill, President and Chief Content Officer, Omnicom
12:55 to 1:55 pm. Lunch
1:55 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. Keynote Conversation with Bill Hader, Actor-Producer-Creator
2:25 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. Nat Geo Spotlight
2:40 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. Year-Round Series Marketing – The CMO Roundtable
Audiences are so fragile – torn between multiplying entertainment options – that a successful debut is no longer a guarantee that show will have legs. What are strategies for today’s TV marketers who are tasked with marketing year-round? How are they reaching target audiences for their programming? Who are the partners helping connect marketers with today’s multiplatform viewership? Leading CMOs talk about successful TV promotion.
Linda Schupack, Chief Marketing Officer, AMC Networks
Mike Benson, Head of Marketing, Amazon Studios
3:20 p.m. to 3:35 p.m. Networking Break
4:05 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Jaw-Dropping TV – Building a Hit Reality Franchise
What is important in launching new unscripted programming that hits with viewers? How are creatives and executives engineering long-lasting, still-surprising reality franchises? Top creative and executive talent dish about what does it take to develop, produce and grow hot reality TV.
Howie Mandel, America’s Got Talent
Ty Pennington, Co-Star, Trading Spaces
Lisa Vanderpump, Producer and Star (Vanderpump Rules, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills)
Julie Chen, Host, Big Brother and Co-Host, The Talk
4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.U Take Two – Reboot Mania
Showrunners from the recent boon of resurrected series talk about re-engaging old fans and attracting new fans to their reboots. How are shows chosen to re-launch? What is the process of signing back original talent? Leaders of Reboot TV share their creative process.
David Collins, Creator, Queer Eye, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Bruce Helford, Showrunner, Executive Producer, Roseanne
Norman Lear, Executive Producer, One Day at a Time
Gloria Calderón Kellett, Executive Producer and Showrunner, One Day at a Time
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception
Who Is Speaking?
- Bill HaderActor/Co-Creator
- Howie MandelAmerica's Got Talent
Howie Mandel has remained a constant force in show business for over 30 years. Mandel is executive producer of many shows through his production company ALEVY PRODUCTIONS, which has produced the series Take It All and Howie Do It for NBC, Deal With It for TBS and Mobbed for FOX, among others. He is currently in production for the 13th season of NBC’s competition series, America’s Got Talent, with Mandel’s eighth season on the series. Recently, Howie alongside ICM acquired Montreal’s Just For Laughs Group. Mandel will also be next seen hosting the reboot of Deal or New Deal on CNBC. Previously, Howie received an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Host For A Reality or Reality-Competition Program” for Deal or No Deal and a Daytime Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Game Show Host” for the syndicated version of the show.
Mandel’s versatile career has encompassed virtually all aspects of the entertainment spectrum, including television, film and stage. From his work on the Emmy-Award winning St. Elsewhere to the international animated children’s series Bobby’s World, Howie has become a mainstay of the American comedy scene. In 2009, Howie added another title to his resume, author, when he released his frank, funny, no-holds- barred memoir Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me. The memoir that revealed his ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD–and how it has shaped his life and career made the New York Times Bestseller list on its first week and remained on the list for several consecutive weeks.
Howie started his career on a dare in Toronto in 1979 and then one night during a trip to Los Angeles he was at the legendary Comedy Store on amateur night and Howie was coaxed by his friends to get up and try his luck. As fate would have it, there was a producer in the crowd who immediately hired him to appear on the comedy game-show Make Me Laugh. His appearance on the show led to talk show appearances, a stint as Diana Ross’ opening act and eventually to the television series St. Elsewhere, where Howie spent six seasons as “Dr. Wayne Fiscus” on the award-winning NBC drama. Howie’s Emmy Award-nominated animated children series Bobby’s World ran eight seasons on FOX and now appears in syndication six days a week in 65 countries. As the series’ creator and executive producer, Howie was closely involved in its writing, as well as providing the voice of Bobby, Bobby’s dad and other characters. Howie attributes the show’s success to drawing the story lines from real life.
Howie has done countless comedy specials both on cable and network television. He has also hosted his own syndicated talk show, The Howie Mandel Show, and continues to be a mainstay on the talk-show circuit. Howie also continues to perform as many as 200 concerts a year throughout the US and Canada.
Howie lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Terry, and their three children.
- Linda SchupackAMC Networks
- David CollinsCreator
David Collins is a three time Emmy Award winning producer and and co owner of Scout Productions, a film and television company. He is the creator and Executive Producer of the new Queer Eye which launched unscripted programming on Netflix worldwide and is one of the most buzzed about shows of 2018. Upon reinvigorating the genre and becoming a social media phenomenon, Netflix recently announced season 2 is coming soon.
Collins led on the original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and was a vanguard contributor to the personal transformation reality boom of the past decade and a half. That series was created with his ground breaking “Make Better” network model of storytelling, which immediately became the cornerstone of Bravo’s network model and inspired scores of subsequent personal improvement reality programs. Scout produces Home Made Simple with Laila Ali, currently in season nine on OWN and the Oscar winning documentary The Fog of War with Errol Morris.
- Bruce HelfordExecutive Producer
Bruce Helford is a television writer and producer who co-created “The Drew Carey Show” and served as its executive producer for its entire run, from 1995 to 2004. Helford also created or co-created “The Norm Show,” “Wanda at Large,” “Freddie,” “George Lopez,” “Nikki,” “Bless This House,” “The Oblongs,” “Anger Management” and “Kevin Can Wait.”
After serving as executive producer and head writer on “Roseanne”’s fifth season (1992–1993), he was asked to return as executive producer and head writer for the revival.
- Jeff HughesFox Networks Group
Jeff Hughes is an experienced media executive who has focused his career on technology and its impact on consumer consumption of all digital products. He is currently President of Fox Networks’ Digital Consumer Group (DCG). In this role, Hughes leads digital strategy and execution for the company’s entertainment and sports brands, including overseeing its TV Everywhere and streaming products.
Hughes previously served as President of Technology and Innovation for DCG and was an integral part of the launch of the company’s new streaming platform, currently deployed across its authenticated apps.
Before joining Fox, Hughes served for five years as CEO and then Chairman of the Board for Omnifone, a UK-based digital music streaming company that provided technology, operations, and licensing services for some of the world’s largest companies. Prior to that, he was the Director of IT and Strategy (CIO) for BSkyB, where he oversaw a team of 1500 people charged with building and operating all of the company’s technology systems, including broadcast, commerce, CRM, back office and playout. Hughes began his career in consulting rising to senior positions in PwC and IBM.
Hughes is a graduate of TCU and received an MBA from Clemson University.
- Ty PenningtonHost
- Brandon TeitelHQ Trivia
- Sandra SternLionsgate Television Group
Sandra Stern is President of the Lionsgate Television Group and has been a key member of the Company’s senior management team for the past 15 years. She has helped guide Lionsgate’s television business to record-breaking revenue growth during nearly every year of her tenure and has been instrumental in tripling the size of the television slate, which encompasses nearly 90 series on 40 U.S. networks.
One of the industry’s consummate deal-makers, Ms. Stern has innovated ground-breaking linear and streaming platform deals for iconic Lionsgate series including Mad Men, Weeds and Orange is the New Black as well as The Royals, Casual and Greenleaf. She also spearheaded a unique deal that facilitated Nashville’s transition to CMT and Hulu, paved the way for Step Up: High Water to become the first original series for YouTube Red, and negotiated deals for upcoming series The Rook (Starz) and The Kingkiller Chronicle (Showtime).
- Mark EganMediacom
In his role as Managing Director – West Coast, Mark helps his teams drive service and product excellence across their various assignments collaborating with other agencies to constantly break new ground. As part of the MediaCom executive team Mark draws on our award winning resources around the globe to power solutions on the West Coast. Previously, within GroupM, Mark served as Chief Client Officer at Maxus for the Americas. In that role he helped their client service teams consistently achieve service scores among the highest in the industry.
Prior to coming to GroupM, Mark served as EVP, Global Director of New Business and Network Development at Havas Digital. As a key member of their corporate team, he was responsible for leading new business efforts on a worldwide level, drawing together local and global team resources for multiple-market pitches. His role was also to set the agenda for the network’s strategy function which led media thought leadership for the broader Havas Media organization. Additional responsibilities included bringing back learning from global pitches and from across the network and apply it to product development and partnership strategy.
Throughout his 22-year career in media, Mark has worked in many roles and agency structures in New York and San Francisco at J. Walter Thompson, Y & R, and Organic.
- Mike RosenNBCUniversal Media
- Claudia Cahill Omnicom
- Gary LevineShowtime Networks Inc.
Gary Levine serves as President of Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. Levine is responsible for the development and creative oversight of all SHOWTIME original scripted and unscripted series, documentaries and specials across all platforms. Levine also has oversight of casting and program operations for the network.
Since Gary Levine joined the network as head of original programming in 2001, Showtime has been transformed into a major series player with provocative, distinctive and acclaimed series that include Homeland, SMILF, Billions, Twin Peaks, The Affair, Ray Donovan, Shameless, White Famous, Nurse Jackie, I’m Dying Up Here, Weeds, Episodes, The L Word, The Tudors, House of Lies, Masters of Sex, Penny Dreadful, Californication, Dexter, and the upcoming series The Chi. In addition to his series work, Levine has overseen the network’s original movies and documentaries including Academy Award® contenders Risk, Weiner, Zero Days, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, Listen To Me Marlon, Whitney. Can I Be Me, Prophet’s Prey, the non-fiction series, The Circus and the Emmy® Award-winning environmental docu-series Years of Living Dangerously.
Prior to joining Showtime Networks, Levine served as President of Icebox, a pioneering Internet entertainment company, where he produced 30 flash-animated web series created by “A-list” writers from TV and film. Previously, Levine headed development at Warner Brothers Television, Witt-Thomas Productions and ABC (drama), resulting in several memorable primetime series including The West Wing, Blossom, and the inimitable Twin Peaks.
Levine began his professional career in theatre and was a producer with New York’s Roundabout Theatre, The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, and served for five years as the Managing Director of the acclaimed Williamstown Theatre Festival.
In 2015, Levine was honored by the Los Angeles Leadership Academy for his dedication to their unique, inner city educational programs. He is a long-time board member of the Williamstown Theatre Festival and is also a member of the Harpur College Advocacy Council at his alma mater, Binghamton University. Levine was the Honoree of the 2018 Williamstown Theatre Festival Gala. A practicing lay cantor, Levine lives in Santa Monica with his wife Maxine, and has two daughters.
- Kelly DayViacom Digital Studios
Kelly Day is President of Viacom Digital Studios, overseeing Viacom’s digital content strategy and initiative to create and expand original programming and branded content across the leading and emerging social platforms for Viacom’s portfolio of global entertainment brands.
Prior to joining Viacom in 2017, Day served as Chief Business Officer and Chief Digital Officer of media and entertainment company Awesomeness, where she was responsible for international expansion, global distribution strategies and revenue across television, mobile and OTT providers, also driving product and technology investments across the company to deliver growth.
Day previously served as CEO of Blip Networks, leading the company’s evolution from an online video platform for independent producers to a multi-platform media company. In 2013, she sold Blip to Maker Studios, one of the top YouTube Multichannel Networks. She led the Digital Media and Commerce businesses for Discovery Communications, including the company’s sixteen U.S. websites, e-commerce operations, licensing and home entertainment divisions. Prior, Day spearheaded and ran e-commerce at The Knot and held various key e-commerce positions at AOL.
Based in New York, Day is married and has two daughters that keep her in touch with the new generation of digital natives.
- Linda Schupack
- Julie ChenBig Brother, The Talk
Julie Chen serves as host and moderator of THE TALK, CBS’ Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show that examines topical events and contemporary issues through the eyes of five female hosts. She hosts alongside Eve, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood. Chen, who won the Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Hosts Daytime Emmy for the first time in 2017, is also part of THE TALK’s writing team that won its first Daytime Emmy in 2015 for Outstanding Writing Special Class. In addition, Chen hosts the hit summer reality series BIG BROTHER. In February 2018, she hosted the first U.S. edition of BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION.
Chen served as Special Contributing Anchor of CBS News’ weekday morning broadcast “The Early Show” from 2010 to 2011, and co-anchor from 2002 to 2010. Prior to that, she served as the news anchor of “The Early Show” and anchor of the “CBS Morning News,” the CBS Television Network’s early-morning, half-hour broadcast, beginning Nov. 1, 1999, when “The Early Show” debuted under that title.
Chen covered several major news stories for “The Early Show,” including the war in Iraq, and in March 2003 she reported for the program during the conflict from Kuwait and Qatar. Chen interviewed newsmakers such as former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Queen Rania of Jordan, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, and celebrities including Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck, Angelina Jolie, Chris Rock and Jennifer Lopez.
Prior to “The Early Show,” Chen worked as a reporter and anchor for WCBS-TV, the CBS-owned station in New York (1997-1999).
Before joining CBS News, Chen was a reporter for WDTN-TV Dayton (1995-1997). She was a producer for ABC NewsOne (1992-1995), the network’s affiliate news service, and she was a desk assistant in ABC News’ Los Angeles bureau (1990-1991), where she worked on the award-winning primetime special, “Anatomy of a Riot.”
Chen is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. A devoted yogi, Chen says there’s no better way than yoga to start her day.
Chen was born in Queens, N.Y. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 1991 with a degree in broadcast journalism and English. She lives in New York and Los Angeles with her husband, Leslie Moonves, with whom she has a son, Charlie, and three stepchildren, Adam, Sara and Mike. Follow Julie on Twitter @JulieChen and on Instagram @juliechencbs.
- Norman LearOne Day at a Time
Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film, political and social activism, and philanthropy. At 95, he has no plans to retire and has continued producing under his ACT III Productions banner. His re-imagined Cuban-American version of the iconic One Day at a Time, now steaming on Netflix, was nominated for the 77th annual Peabody Awards and renewed for a third season. His weekly podcast, All of the Above with Norman Lear, is available on PodcastOne. Lear is also an executive producer on the award-winning Epix docuseries America Divided, now in its second season. Currently, he is in production on the pilot of Guess Who Died, a NBC comedy featuring the overlooked demographic of senior citizens.
Born in 1922 in New Haven, Connecticut, Lear flew 52 combat missions over Europe in World War II before beginning his television career. His classic shows of the 1970s and ‘80s — All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, The Jeffersons, Sanford and Son and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, among others — collectively reached as many as 120 million viewers per week and are said to have transformed the American cultural landscape, bringing the social and political issues of the day into American living rooms for the first time. With the rise of the radical religious right, Lear put his career on hold in 1980 to found People For the American Way, the nonprofit organization that remains a relevant and effective force defending all aspects of the First Amendment.
Lear was among the first seven television pioneers inducted in 1984 into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. In 1999 President Clinton presented him with the National Medal of Arts, noting, “Norman Lear has held up a mirror to American society and changed the way we look at it.” His memoir, Even This I Get to Experience, was published in 2014, and the 2016 documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You received an Emmy nomination as the representative program for the PBS American Masters series. In 2017, Lear received a Peabody Lifetime Achievement Award and was a Kennedy Center Honoree.
He is the father of six, the grandfather of four, and the husband of Lyn Davis Lear.
- Michael BensonAmazon Studios
Michael Benson is best known for his innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial endeavors in the entertainment industry. He develops and implements strategic marketing campaigns that build brands, raise the creative bar, effectively engage audiences and drive business performance.
He is currently head of marketing for Amazon Studios/Amazon Prime Video, overseeing all marketing, promotional, branding and awards activities surrounding Amazon Original programming for Amazon Prime Video. He’s charged with building a global marketing operation for the subscription digital video streaming service, as he launches and markets a wide range of adult and children’s programming, including series such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Grand Tour, The Man in the High Castle, Goliath, Tumble Leaf and many more.
Prior to Amazon, he was president of Hurryback Inc., a company he created to apply entertainment marketing strategies and creative content development to drive audiences, brand engagement and revenue for digital and traditional media companies.
Mr. Benson has held significant executive, strategic and creative positions within several major entertainment media companies. As chief creative officer for the Time Warner Global Media Group, he developed partnerships with industry leading marketers to create and distribute premium content, applications and experiences that built brands and drove business growth through advertising revenue, marketing, programing, business development and corporate synergy opportunities across the Time Warner portfolio, including Warner Bros., HBO, Turner and Time Inc.
Prior to Time Warner, Mr. Benson spent over 12 years at The Walt Disney Company, serving as executive vice president, Marketing for the ABC Entertainment Group. He oversaw all marketing and promotional activities for ABC Primetime, Late Night and ABC Studios programming. He created a host of globallyexecuted and highly recognized marketing campaigns for scripted and non-scripted series, specials, movies and mini-series, including Modern Family, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Dancing with the Stars, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Bachelor. He was a leader in formulating a vision for the development of a program franchising strategy that built shows like Lost and Desperate Housewives into global franchises that spurred significant growth for the company.
He created and launched the television industry’s first cross-platform, brand identity and viewernavigation system with the ABC Start Here initiative and he was instrumental in the creation and development of the ABC Music Lounge, ABC’s first digital platform for music, tied to ABC programming and marketing efforts. He began at ABC in June of 1998 as senior vice president, Advertising and Promotion and implemented ABC’s infamous Yellow/TV is Good campaign to the general consumer.
Mr. Benson joined ABC from VH1/MTV Networks, where he was senior vice president, Promotion & Program Planning. He was instrumental in redefining VH1’s position as a cable music channel, creating a new brand position through the launch of original content. He programmed and launched the VH1 original series Behind the Music, Pop Up Video, Legends, Stortyellers and The Rock & Roll Picture Show. His work helped to reinvent music on television for an adult audience and contributed to significant ratings gains for the cable network.
Prior to VH1, Mr. Benson served as director of communications for KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, CA and held various positions at WCCO-TV, the CBS owned and operated station in Minneapolis, MN, where he began his career.
For his endeavors, Mr. Benson received 9 Clio awards, including 2 Grand Clio awards for his work at Amazon. He received ABC’s first marketing Emmy Award in 2009, was named an Entertainment Marketer of the Year in 2008, 2007 and 2005 by Ad Age and, in 2000, by Brandweek magazine. He was also recipient of the PromaxBDA and Brand Builder Award in 2004 and recipient of the Campaigns of Distinction Award in 2007 and 2004. Mr. Benson was named one of the top Hispanic marketers of the year by AdWeek’s Marketing y Medios Magazine in 2005.
Mr. Benson served on the Promax/BDA board of directors for 9 years, 5 of which he served as Chairman. He was an adjunct professor for Boston University, teaching media and entertainment marketing under a program based in Los Angeles, CA.
Married and father of three, Mr. Benson resides in Los Angeles, CA.